An evening at the Opera House is always set to be one lovely evening, especially when you’re watching a beautiful and captivating artist such as Feist. Leslie Feist is an artist I’ve been listening to for over a decade now, with 9 albums under her belt and 3 years between albums, her latest album ‘Pleasure’ was one I was very excited to see and hear in the flesh. It’s an extremely diverse mix of tracks, ranging from heavy guitar riffs and confident gutsy vocals and folky chords and harmonies.
As the Concert Hall at the Opera House filled up, the anticipation was growing. The lights became brighter and out came the band and the goodess that is Feist, in a hot pink dress that she just pulled off ever so well. What an energy she had, as soon as she graced the stage she told the audience it was a dream to be playing such a venue after seeing it on many postcodes growing up in Canada.
The first hour of the concert was dedicated to the brand new album ‘Pleasure’. You could tell it was a very personal album for her, a lot of heart felt songs about missing people, feeling hopeless and then empowered. It was well and truly a heart pouring collection of songs that sounded just so incredible at the Opera House. The audience were extremely receptive and it was a beautiful atmosphere to be in.
Feist was extremely charismatic and endearing, I was laughing for a large majority of the show, she would make sarcastic remarks and interacting with the confident punters who would yell over the many rows. The band obviously have a great relationship and it was evident when they were playing live, all so in sync and purely just loving the music they were sharing.
There was a beautiful moment in the last song of the album ‘Young Up’ where she invited a couple from the audience to slow dance on the stage, it was beautiful and the room filled with a lovely warm energy. Feist really created a atmosphere, it was such a large room but she made it feel extremely intimate, which is ironic as at the start of the show she said ‘let’s just make this feel like an Enmore Theatre show’.
The second half of the show was filled was tracks from her previous albums, ‘Mushaboom’, ‘How Come You Never Go There’, ‘Feel It All’, ‘Sealion’ and heaps more. The crowd got out of their seats and the energy was uplifted, you could tell there were so many dedicated fans here with quite a lot of sing alongs and echos with the lyrics.
As the night was coming to the end, Feist brought out an extremely special guest, Sally Seltmann. An artist I used to love and haven’t seen live in quite some time. Little did I know was that Sally gave Feist the biggest song she’s ever had, ‘1234’. The pair sang the song together and the band kicked it and my oh my it was a very special moment.
An extremely beautiful evening and my love for Feist has grown even more, she is a woman in the industry who should be looked up to because she is one of the more diverse and confident performers I have seen in quite some time.
Reviewer: Sarah McEwan